Divination Online: Viviennes business.

Vivienne is a witch, clairvoyant, reader or priestess. Take your pick.

She is also an astute business-woman and employs numerous other witches, clairvoyants and other psychic folk on a part-time basis.

Much of the work is generated from various websites and pages scattered over the internet.

I run the servers and websites, deal with the e-mail, and the mundane day-to-day hastle of running an on-line psychic empire with twenty or so web-sites. If you want to know why I'm doing this, have a gander at why I left the bank.

If you want to know what I do for a living, read on.

Have you ever noticed the number of advertisements for psychics and fortune tellers even in expensive parts of expensive cities?

If you have, have you ever stopped to consider how they earn enough money to live where they do?

The online psychic business is booming.

If you are looking for a plumber, what do you do? You search on the internet. If you want a tarot reading, what do you do? You type in 'Tarot readings in London' or something similar.

Vivienne has websites where your fortune can be read by text, phone, email and chat.

It took me a while to get used to the subject matter, but once I had, running these websites is very similar to running the websites of any other small business.

The last webmaster wasn't very good and left suddenly, at exactly the same time that I needed a new job. I no longer consider this to be a coincidence.

He or she didn't do a very good job, and I am currently spending significant time improving the pre-existing websites.

I use javascript, PHP, database management, HTML, and css as well as other content managament systems such as Ruby on Rails and wordpress.

For me, the most difficult part of the job has been the so-called magical side of things. Actually, the various practitioners, don't talk about 'magic' and it irritates them when I do. Instead, they use words such as spirit guides, resonance, auras, and other nonsense which I in turn find irritating.

But in general they are sympathetic people and easier to deal with than my ex-colleagues from the bank, some of whom had a very inflated sense of self-worth and entitlement.

Vivienne has indicated I might find it difficult to leave this job. I don't know whether this is because she believes she is psychic and has foreseen this, she is psychic and has foreseen it or she knows about my past.

Whatever happens it is hard to believe my C.V. is now suitable for any corporate job.